Jun 1, 2011 11:27 PM by John Romero
Last year was a tough one for the Colorado Springs Parks Division. In 2008 their budget sat at $19,000,000. Fast forward to 2010 and that number plummeted to only $3,000,000.
One look at the grass at many parks and the neglect shows. The city has contracted out mowing and is working on irrigation, but that will take some time. "Because of the dire situation that it's in, it's going to be a multiple year process to try to get our turf back in to a condition that we would all like to see it in." explains Kurt Schroeder with the Colorado Springs Parks Division.
But that wasn't all. Bathrooms were locked up. Trash cans were taken out of the parks. But with this year's budget increased to $8,000,000 those services will be back. "Our trash cans are being put back in the parks. Last year we had to take them out. The vast majority of our restrooms will be open this year." says Schroeder.
But by no means is the city in the clear. Schroeder tells News First 5 that budgets are still razor thin. If any big ticket items need replacing or fixing, it likely won't happen. "Unfortunately our capital budgets are still suffering so if we have something significant bust, bend or break, we may not have the wherewithal to replace that." explains Schroeder.